"Please, please, please, let my schedule work out."
Most people get their schedules on the first day of school and one of two things happens to them: (a) It's perfect and they live happily ever after or (b) they have a minor error like a missing or extra class that quickly gets resolved after a brief meeting with their counselor.
And then there's me.
This is now my third year of having some sort of unfixable issue in my schedule. I understand that I'm in a somewhat unique position by being a year ahead in math, but these scheduling issues are still a major inconvenience. While it will be an advantage to have both AP Calculus AB and CD on my transcripts, this issue with scheduling kept me out of ASB in 8th grade, out of AP Human Geography my freshman year, and has burdened me with an empty 4th period. I'm basically forced to take an independent study zero period Spanish to finish the UC-recommended 3 years of foreign language despite my empty period.
This year was more problematic not because I had to deal with dropping a somewhat nonessential class such as ASB, but because I had to choose between my health and the allure of my transcripts. You might think I'm exaggerating when I say my health, but I'm really not. I have to wake up at 5:30 every day to get to school by 6:45, get to all my classes, have volleyball practice or a game afterwards, eat, shower, do my homework, and try to maintain at least a thirty second conversation with my family....well, let's just say it's a miracle if I sleep for more than 7 hours on a school night. It begins to take a toll on anyone after a while.
I'm not the only one with an unfixable schedule. I know a lot of students who are signed up for a mountain of AP courses (which are usually only offered one or two periods a day) who have to give up band, choir, and other things that they love to be competitive academically. I also know a lot who chose to drop the AP classes for the ones they enjoy more, which I don't blame them for at all. It seems unfair that the students who are challenging themselves end up with another burden to carry because of this. We have enough to deal with in the first place.
Written by Natalie Tetreault